Why Did the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Mexico Never Lose any Election till 2000?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : September 6th, 2022

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Mexico never lose any election till 2000 because of several reasons. Although Mexico was never under a dictatorship or military rule, the PRI still managed to never lose an election till the year 2000. Ever since Mexico gained independence, elections have been held every six years. Many parties contested the elections but only a single party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, won elections. Here are the reasons why:

  • PRI spent large amounts of money to lure candidates into its campaign.
  • Parents whose children went to government schools were forced to vote for the PRI.
  • People who worked in government offices had to attend the meetings of the PRI on a compulsory basis.
  • Polling booths were deliberately changed at the last minute.
  • The funded media heavily criticized other political parties and concentrated on the agenda of the PRI.

Here's Why the Institutional Revolutionary Party Never Lose any Election in Mexico till 2000

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) never lost any election due to the countless efforts it put into making people vote for them, not for their political agenda, but for their image and power. Candidates were practically forced by the PRI to vote for them by creating situations that would make considering other political parties as suitable contestants impossible.

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  • The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) never lost any election in Mexico because it used various tricks to lure candidates into voting for them, such as electoral fraud and forcing people who worked in government jobs to attend compulsory PRI meetings.

  • The PRI lost the election in Mexico in 2000. The 1994 economic crisis and subsequent events led to the fall of the PRI. Finally, in 1997, the party lost its majority and became a symbol of corruption and fraud.

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